Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

2007_ICTM Liaison Officer Report: Greece

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

2007_ICTM Liaison Officer Report: Greece

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This is an overview of activities since the last report in the October 2005 (No CVII) Bulletin of the ICTM. It will cover not only activities directly connected with ICTM members, but also activities in the fields of ethnomusicology and ethnochoreology in general.

1. Conferences, Symposia & International courses recently held and forthcoming.

In 2007, the 2nd Summer School in Anthropology, Ethnography and Comparative Folklore of the Balkans was organized in Konitsa, Greece, between 30 July - 10 August by the University of Ioannina in collaboration with the "Border Crossings" network of academics and the Municipality of Konitsa. Course Director: Prof Vassilis Nitsiakos, University of Ioannina, Greece.

Thematic fields: Anthropological Theory and the Understanding of the Balkans, Ethnography of Border Regions, Fieldwork: Epistemological, Methodological and Ethical Aspects, Comparative Folklore: Aspects of Culture in a Comparative Perspective. Guest lectures: Prof. Maurice Godelier, Prof. Jane Cowan, Prof. Dimitra Gefou-Madianou, Associate Prof. Dr. Eftichia Voutira, Associate Prof. Dr. Rajko Mursic, Assistant Prof. Dr. Emilia Themopoulou, Assistant Prof. Dr. Fotini Tsimbiridou

In the context of the 2nd summer school, a course on "Music and Dance" titled Music and Dance in the Balkans: Culture, Identity, and Power, took place (coordinators: Dr. Panagiotis Panopoulos, Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean, Mytilini, Greece and Dr. Ioannis Manos, Department of Balkan Studies, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece).

For the 2nd Summer School total number of attendants was 105 students, from which 53 selected the course on Music and Dance.


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In 2008, the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly (Volos, Greece) in association with the Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), will organize an international conference titled: Singing Europe: Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Athens: 29 February - 2 March 2008.

Keynote speakers: Marc Abélès (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Philip V. Bohlman (The University of Chicago), Martin Stokes (The University of Chicago)

The conference invites discussion of the following topics (both in historical and contemporary perspectives): The contest as a media event (radio broadcasting, press reports, TV shows, websites). New media, interactivity, tele-voting, Euro-song and technoculture. Music technology, composition, instrumentation and performance. The economy of the 'big event'. Host countries, sponsors and the promotion of tourism, Euro-vision and tele-reality. Post-war Europe and the culture of televised phantasmagorias, Eurovision's past and cultural politics in post-war Europe, Singing 'democracy'. Post-communist Europe and the 'new' candidates, Diaspora, patriotism and 'the song of my country', The politics of language. Local languages, 'dominant' languages and Europeaness in song lyrics. The making of a music 'star'. Image-making, fan cultures and the mythology of celebrities, Engendered 'stars'. Body and sexuality in dance and music performances, Feeling the contest. Emotions and the media environment, 'Re-invented' traditions. 'Ethnic' music and the negotiation of European otherness, Pan-european musics. Pop and rock as cosmopolitan music styles.

The conference will be held at the Pireos Str. Annex of the Benaki Museum.


2. Ethnomusicology at the University of Athens

a) MA Program Music Culture and Communication: Anthropological and Communicational Approaches to Music

This is a new, two-year long, joint graduate program administered and run by the Faculty of Music in collaboration with the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. …

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